A Trip Too Far: Ecotourism, Politics and Exploitation by Rosaleen Duffy

By Rosaleen Duffy

Tourism is the world's greatest and environmentally sustainable tourism or ''ecotourism'' has turn into a massive niche for governments, the personal region and foreign lending associations. it's considered as a fashion of permitting financial improvement while retaining opposed to environmental degradation, specifically in these international locations with fragile ecosystems. although, this won't be the truth. Rosaleen Duffy provides the 1st serious research of ''ecotourism''; does it convey actual environmental advantages or is it only a advertising chance – ''green greed''? by way of the wide use of case research and interview fabric, she exhibits how ecotourism can paintings to aid conservation and native economies given the precise political context and law. the guidelines and suggestions which are awarded could be very important for the advance of ecotourism worldwide and may be important examining for teachers in improvement and environmental reports and for NGOs and the tourism undefined.

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Ecotourists are expected to exercise political and economic power through individual choices about consumption, thereby contrasting with red-green notions of the individual exercising power through collective protest. Rather like blue-green ideas of environmental management, self-reflexivity is an individual rather than an collective activity and within the context of ecotourism it does not necessarily imply a fundamental reshaping of political and economic structures. Instead, self-reflexivity has much in common with rational-actor analysis, in which the individual is regarded as constantly engaged in complex cost–benefit calculations that inform their daily decisions.

For example, if self-reflexive ecotourists are given information about water shortages, they should M ISERY, S ELF - INDULGENCE AND S ELF - DENIAL 23 be able to limit their consumption. Such self-limiting behaviour could encourage the sustainable development of natural resources, without the need for coercive controls from the state or private sector. In this way the concept of a self-reflexive ecotourist is closely related to blue-green ideas about the free-market management of the environment, because it casts the individual as a consumer rather than as a citizen.

26 M ISERY, S ELF - INDULGENCE AND S ELF - DENIAL 31 What was striking was the degree of similarity between ecotourist responses to questions about the advantages and disadvantages of ecotourism. It was particularly difficult to elicit negative attitudes to ecotourism from ecotourists, because if they were concerned by the impact of their travel to another country then they might not have travelled to Belize in the first place. 28 It was clear in interviews that ecotourists talked of their destinations and experiences mainly in terms of their own benefits.

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